Tired of plucking and waxing but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for professional laser hair removal treatments which can cost several hundred dollars per session?! (Ouch!). Today’s home laser hair removal machines use the same technology found in dermatologists office at a fraction of the price in the comfort of your own home. Let’s take a look at how laser hair removal machines work.
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The Difference Between IPL & Laser
Most of the hair removal machines available on the market utilize IPL (intense pulsed light) technology which emits multiple wavelengths to destroy the hair follicle. The waves are numerous and diffused which means it’s not as precise as laser technology which emits one single, targeted wave. Tria is the only company which currently manufactures hair removal machines with laser technology for home use.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a home laser hair removal machine for best results. Getting rid of excess hair is a great thing but you definitely don’t want to end up hurting yourself. Find out if the device is suitable for facial use before making a purchase. For example; the Remington IPL 6000P I-light Pro is not to be used on the face at all (per the manufacturer) while the Tria Precision was designed specifically for facial use. No hair removal device should ever be used near or around the eyes or eye brow area. You may also want to invest in goggles for eye protection.
Consider Your Skin Tone & Hair Color
Your skin and hair color will determine which at home laser hair machines will work best. The majority of hair removal devices only work for those with fair to medium skin tones with medium to dark brown hair. For example, the Tria 4x will not work for redheads, blondes, gray hair and those with very tan or darker skin tones. The only machines that will work on all skin tones are the Tanda Me Smooth and Me My Elos. Both use RF technology which detects the level of pigment in the skin and adjusts the heat levels accordingly.
Ease The Pain With Numbing Cream
To be blunt; you can expect some slight to medium discomfort depending on your pain tolerance. It is a laser after all! If you experience discomfort you can try a numbing gel such as Super Numb in order to ease discomfort.
Follow The Instructions
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for optimum results. For example, Tanda suggests shaving beforehand and treating areas once a week when using their machines for optimum results. On the other hand, Tria suggests treating the desired areas once every two weeks with their devices. Following through for the entire prescribed time frame will ensure that you’ll achieve the best results.
Author Bio: Jacqueline is an author who writes regularly for www.findmyhomelaser.com; a website with in-depth information laser about hair removal. We review laser hair removal machines from, Tria, Remington, Tanda, Silk’n and more.
Note: All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased and based on your skin profile.